O2 presses on with 4G rollout

O2 presses on with 4G rollout

O2 has continued its 4G rollout by installing the service in a number of towns and cities across southern England.

The network has revealed that superfast mobile broadband is set to be rolled out in Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Reading and Southampton.

As well as the south coast's most prominent cities, the service will also be made available in Didcot, Ossett, Carterton, Whitefield, Poole, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Mosborough/Highlane, Knottingley, Castleford, Stroud and Royal Wootton Basset.

The news means that O2 has now extended its services to around 232 towns and cities across the country, taking indoor coverage up to 37.5 per cent.

Rising coverage for 4G across the UK has been  noticed by a number of analysts, with Juniper Research recently claiming the technology will soon account for over one in five global mobile connections by 2020.

Overall, the level of competition among operators across the UK is hugely heated, with O2 competing mainly with Vodafone and EE.

While the rise of 4G is expected to bring a number of great benefits to consumers, it is also expected to have a substantial impact on the country's businesses, many of which have seen their workforces become increasingly mobile over the course of recent years.

This has been a noticeable trend in both the private and public sector.

One of the most recent organisations to push ahead with such a strategy is Manchester City Council, which has rolled out the initiative on the back of research that suggested it could make annual savings of almost £1 million across just two departments.

Pilots undertaken in the neighbourhood services and social work departments where members of staff were allowed to use tables had, according to the council, achieved “great success”.

The report added: “Teams have been enabled to achieve efficiencies in part, due to the use of tablets that reduce duplication and make better use of time spent on operational delivery.”